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Circular Economy Business Model and Purchase Intention for Recycled PET Products by Brazilian Consumers

Version 1 : Received: 29 September 2021 / Approved: 30 September 2021 / Online: 30 September 2021 (15:06:49 CEST)

How to cite: Queiroz, F.C.B.P.; Lima, N.C.; Silva, C.L.D.; Queiroz, J.V.; Souza, G.H.S.D. Circular Economy Business Model and Purchase Intention for Recycled PET Products by Brazilian Consumers. Preprints 2021, 2021090522 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0522.v1). Queiroz, F.C.B.P.; Lima, N.C.; Silva, C.L.D.; Queiroz, J.V.; Souza, G.H.S.D. Circular Economy Business Model and Purchase Intention for Recycled PET Products by Brazilian Consumers. Preprints 2021, 2021090522 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0522.v1).

Abstract

Circular Economy involves structural changes in traditional business models and consumers’ behaviour toward recycled products. The recycling of PET products has been increasing but there is still a gap between consumption and demand for PET packaging in Brazil. In this research, the waste reduction was examined under a projective scenario to the current ecological purposes in Brazil for reducing environmental pollution. In that manner, this paper aimed to comprehend the intention to purchase recycled PET products of Brazilian consumers. With a non-probabilistic and convenience sample, the study counts 422 participants. The method employed was based on Structural Equation Modelling and Partial Least Squares, used to test the hypotheses of causality among the variables. Results showed the perception of low quality about recycled products reduced consumers’ intention to purchase. Also, the sustainability of recycled products positively influenced the intention to purchase. In addition, recycled products presented a negative impact on the perceived safety, which could influence the purchase of recycled products in Brazil. We conclude that the image that Brazilian consumers have about recycled products positively affects the intention to purchase.

Keywords

recycled PET products; circular economy; intention to purchase.

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